"L&S" was created by Penny's older brother, Garry Marshall, a TV titan who wrote for "The Jack Paar Show", "The Joey Bishop Show" and "Make Room for Daddy", then successfully adapted Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple" into ABC's popular sitcom - with stars Tony Randall and Jack Klugman as Felix and Oscar and Penny as Oscar's nasal-toned, Bronx-inflected secretary, Myrna Turner ("Mistuh Madison!").
Marshall was best known for her 1970s and '80s on-screen antics as beer-bottle capper Laverne DeFazio opposite quirky co-star Cindy Williams, aka Shirley Feeney.
It made Marshall the first woman to direct a movie grossing more than $100 million. "Hanks" reprimand from "A League of Their Own" - "There's no crying in baseball!" - remains quoted on baseball diamonds everywhere.
She later worked as a producer for 88 episodes of "Happy Days", before becoming a supervising producer on "Ypu Again" in 1986. In between she appeared in the pilot for Mork & Mindy, the Mork & Mindy/Laverne & Shirley/Fonz Hour and the short-lived cartoon Laverne & Shirley in the Army. She followed up with the medical drama "Awakenings" (1990), starring Robin Williams as a shy doctor and Robert De Niro as his patient who wakes up from a 30-year coma. "I felt like such a big shot with my friends that night sitting in Penny Marshall's seats watching the Clippers lose." - actor Alan Tudyk, via Twitter.
Big was a huge success and became the first feature film directed by a woman to gross more than $100 million. (Williams departed the series in 1982.) Marshall never received an Emmy nomination for her Laverne work; she did earn three Golden Globe nominations, however.
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"Rest In Peace #PennyMarshall your #love #kindness and #generosity will be missed by my family and I", Thomas said.
However, in the early "80s, Marshall got the opportunity to step behind the camera and ended up directing several episodes of her hit sitcom". I was very fortunate to spend time with her.
"When Rob Reiner and I were children, we lived across the street from each other".
Marshall was born in the Bronx in 1943; her brother was producer and director Garry Marshall, who, as the creator of Happy Days, tapped her for the spinoff.
Director Ron Howard tweeted: "She was amusing & so smart".
She also directed A League Of Their Own, Jumpin' Jack Flash and Awakenings. "Her vision, her lack of fear, her comedy, her talent, her fierce feminism & empowerment of women, will ALL be missed". Occasionally, she'd play herself, as she did on Entourage and Bones.
During the '70s and '80s, Bo Kaprall, show business veteran who calls Minnesota home, became friends with Marshall and her then-husband Rob Reiner, which landed him a job on the classic show "Laverne and Shirley".